Charlie Vazquez: author of the new book Contraband
  • Charlie Vazquez: author of the new book "Contraband"

Let us turn our thoughts for a moment from the violent anti-gay activities of the week past to the joy and delight that is LGBT PRIDE MONTH 2010!

The first PDX major queer pride events out of the gate this year kick off tonight, with Portland's fifth annual Latino Gay Pride festival, spreading out across Portland with dance parties, brunches, performances and a Sunday night (4-8 pm) fest that goes down at the Jupiter Hotel. It's gonna be a hella fun weekend of events!

But first! There's a very rad Literary Event - "Escriber, Leer, Luchar!" - from 6:30 pm onward tonight at Aura, 1022 W Burnside, featuring nationally renowned writers Charlie Vazquez and Charles Rice-Gonzalez, and local luminaries Jimmy Radosta and Karol Collymore. And guess what? Yours truly is the MC and host, so you know we're gonna have a good time! It's a $5 suggested donation, 21+, and 100% fierce.